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Richard Linklater Talks Zac Efron

When Richard Linklater directed “School of Rock” you’d think he’d stay in the world of profitable, A-list comedy. After all, the paychecks are bigger than what you’d make for say, directing a film that features Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy discussing abstraction and truth, uninterrupted on the streets of Paris. But Linklater has always followed his own path, and despite making some of the most memorable films of the last twenty years (“Dazed and Confused,” “Waking Life”), the director still struggles to get projects off the ground. I recently had the chance to speak to Linklater from his home in Austin, where we discussed his latest documentary, his upcoming period piece “Me and Orson Welles” starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes, and anything and everything about the movie business.

You just finished shooting “Me and Orson Welles” with Zac Efron and Claire Danes. How was that experience?
Beautiful. It’s coming out this fall. I couldn’t be more happy with it. And Zac is fantastic. He worked really hard. I know it’s always boring when people say how great everyone is they work with, but Zac’s the real deal and he’s going to have a really long career, because he’s meant to be here.

So he’s not just a song and dance man?
He’s too talented, he’s too much a natural. I’ve never met anyone less conflicted about performing. He’s just born to do what he’s doing. And he’s really smart, and he works hard. He has a good family. I’d say his foundation is such that he’s not going to be a fuck up and sabotage himself.

What kind of person flames out?
Usually people who do that are the ones who feel like they haven’t worked hard and really have had it hoisted on them. They’re picked out of a line, suddenly you’re in the public eye, and think maybe you don’t deserve it or something.

Was there any mobbing on set, because Robert Pattinson is getting it like crazy in New York right now.
Yeah, Zac attracts that same mob, but he handles it pretty well. How can you take it seriously? The age range of that mob is pretty young. It just shows you there’s not a lot going on in the physical world for a lot of people. People like showing up and being excited about something. It’s kind of fun to hear that squeal of young girls, I never really heard it before in person. When they encounter Zac Efron, it’s just a pitch range that I haven’t heard in my lifetime. [Source]

Zac Efron Nominated For Teen Choice Awards 2009

Zac Efron has been just nominated for Teen Choice Awards 2009. Zac scored nominations for both “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” and “17 Again.” The gala is going to take place in August 2009. You can vote for Zac Efron by clicking here. And here are his nominations…

Movie: Music/Dance
• “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
• “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
• “Steppin: The Movie”
• “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience”
• “Nick & Nora Infinite Playlist”

Movie Actor: Comedy
• Ben Stiller (“Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “Tropic Thunder”)
• Jim Carrey (“Yes Man”)
• Will Ferrell (“Land of the Lost”)
• Seth Rogen (“Observe & Report,” “Pineapple Express”)
• Zac Efron (“17 Again”)

Movie: Actor Music/Dance
• Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”)
• Zac Efron (“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”)
• Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”)
• Michael Cera (“Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”)
• Lucas Till (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”)

Movie: Liplock
• Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”)
• Freida Pinto & Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”)
• Vanessa Hudgens & Zac Efron (“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”)
• Miley Cyrus & Lucas Till (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”)
• Owen Wilson & Marley (“Marley & Me”)

Movie Rockstar Moment
• Anne Hathaway (“Bride Wars”)
• Jim Carrey (“Yes Man”)
• Paul Rudd & Jason Segal (“I Love You Man”)
• Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”)
• Zac Efron (“17 Again”)

Choice Music: Soundtrack
• “Gossip Girl”
• “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
• “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
• “Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience”
• “Twilight”

Choice Male Hottie
• Chace Crawford
• Zac Efron
• Jonas Brothers
• Taylor Kitsch
• Robert Pattinson

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male
• Zac Efron
• Jonas Brothers
• Adam Lambert
• Justin Timberlake
• Kanye West

“17 Again” DVD & Blu-ray Premieres August 11

Warner’s New Line Cinema unit will release the 2009 comedy “17 Again” on DVD and Blu-ray August 11th. The standard DVD (no extras) offers viewing in both widescreen or full-screen options, and will be available for a SRP of $28.98. The Blu-ray Hi-Def disc will include several bonus features (“Packed with Zac!”), for a SRP of $35.99 (packaged with a bonus standard DVD disc and a Digital Copy download capability).

The film stars Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Sterling Knight and Michelle Trachtenberg, with a story that resembles elements of “Big”, “13 Going on 30”, as well as “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Back to the Future”, and others (see detailed synopsis further below).

As noted above, unfortunately the standard DVD does not include any added bonus features. Instead, Warner/New Line has reserved the extras for the Blu-ray edition – “Packed with Zac!” Details…

Blu-ray Bonus Features:
• Includes bonus DVD edition (no extras)
• Zac Goes Back
• Going Back To 17
• “Way Cool” Tell All Trivia Track (203 pop-up’s)
• Breakin’ Character Outtakes
• Zac’s Dance Flashback
• Additional Scenes
• BD LIVE – Media Center
• Zac Attacks
• Tom Lennon & Melora Hardin – Unfiltered
• Bonus Digital Copy (of the film)

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